Melodic Patterns for Developing Technique


The more patterns you know, the quicker and easier access you will have to new music.

This book provides patterns that are useful for developing a firm foundation of conversational music. They can be used to improve instrumental technique, sight-reading new music, and can also be useful for understanding and developing one’s own patterns, perhaps for technical, compositional, or improvisational gain. I have attempted to “boil down” the exercises to their most essential parts.

The exercises herein are generally written for the range of the saxophone; other instruments may have to extend or limit the ranges presented here as necessary for their instrument.

All the exercises and patterns in this book are presented in all 12 keys. I have tried to simplify the notation to make it easy to read through, avoiding the notation of B#’s,Cb’s, E#’s, Fb’s, double sharps and double flats. The Keys of C#, Cb, and Gb have been omitted for this same reason, as well as for conservation of space and number of pages in the book.

76 pages, plus downloadable PDFs of additional patterns and blanks for creating your own. Treble clef only.

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